Local Catholics march for religious freedom

With recent attacks on religion, dozens from the Catholic community are trying to make sure every religion is respected. They're marching for religious freedom, making sure that right isn't taken away.

"I have the right to follow my conscience and to honor my God in the way that I see fit," says Veronica Maska, supporter.

Catholics came out on Sunday for a procession in honor of Christ the King. The event was held by the Greater Austin Knights of Columbus. Members from each of the diocese's 126 parishes were invited to march in defense of religious freedom. It started at Wooldridge Square Park and ended at the Texas Capitol. 

"Well religious freedom is the right to live out my faith in all areas of my life. It's not just freedom of worship, as some people are trying to portray it, but rather seven days a week. I live according to my value system because my values flow from my faith. That's the fundamental way I view reality, it's my world view," says Andy Coleman, supporter.
The event included the relics of six saints, former members of the Knights of Columbus, who were persecuted for their faith in Mexico. Many leaders voiced their concerns Sunday about how our freedom of religion is being infringed upon.
"Things have gotten so bad, even here in Texas, that our state legislature had to enact a law making it okay for a public school teacher to say 'Merry Christmas' to their students," says Archbishop George Michael Jachimczyk, Eastern Orthodox Church.
"The protection of religious freedom in our state and nation is a fundamental reason why we are a thriving, stable and peaceful society," says Texas Senator (D) Eddie Lucio Jr.
State Senator Eddie Lucio Jr. says he does not separate his faith from his work. 
"I legislate from a sincere foundation in Catholicism. As a Democrat, it's not always a popular position amongst my colleagues but I find putting faith before party, is similarly challenging for Republicans as well," says Senator Lucio.
Coincidentally, today also marks the 52nd anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, America's first and only Catholic president. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
"I see the oppressions against the Catholic faith here and there, spread out, increasing. I'm also seeing it motivate Catholics to rise up, to realize what's at risk," says Linda Maska, supporter. 
"The subject is very important to me; it's for the respect of religious freedom here in the United States. I believe that it's the most basic human right, so that definitely needs to be protected under the law here," says Maska.
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